Haute Author Rebecca Anne Proctor

Rebecca moved to the United Arab Emirates from Paris to work for an art gallery at the Emirates Palace hotel. Her dream was to take part in the tremendous development of the arts in the United Arab Emirates as well as explore the burgeoning world of fashion and luxury goods in the region. In Dubai Rebecca specializes in the Arab art scene as well as regularly attends the region's foremost fashion and luxury events. She also has a knack for discovering the finest dining experience's Dubai and Abu Dhabi have to offer. In her spare time, Rebecca attends Yoga and dance classes in Dubai Marina and enjoys curling up with her favorite book and a scented Diptyque candle.

1190 Articles from Rebecca Anne Proctor

The Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Dubai

The land of love, artistic inspiration and culinary heaven, for hundreds of years Italy has been a destination where the senses are greatly pleasured and the appetite is intensely satisfied. With a wonderful selection of great international eateries there is certainly no shortage of Italian restaurants in Dubai. Below are our picks for the top five Italian restaurants in the City of Gold.

Haute Eat: A Tale of Sake and Sushi at Okku Dubai

Sake pairing has a special place in Japanese history. Often referred to as the “drink of the Gods” in antiquity, the history of this simple rice wine reportedly dates to the Nara period (710-794 AD) in Japan. While the actual origins of this “rice wine” are mysterious, for centuries it has been used for social gatherings, religious ceremonies and song and dance events in Japan. The growth of the international financial market in the 20th century prompted for mass production of this favorite Japanese alcohol and it soon an international favorite at Japanese restaurants and bars all over the world. Boasting one of the largest special imports of sake in the UAE, Okku is clearly one of the best Japanese dining spots in town in which to experience this revered drink. I headed there one evening to try the delicate art of pairing several courses with a particular sake brew.

Haute Eat: Mayrig Dubai

Delicately prepared and full of fresh flavors, I was immediately enlightened by Armenian cuisine from the first time I ate at Mayrig’s charming Beirut restaurant. While similar in many ways to Lebanese fare, what was so memorable about Mayrig’s dishes were their distinct flavors – tastes like I’d never experienced before. That first experience stayed clearly in my mind for many years, until I recently was able to try the restaurant’s new Dubai restaurant.

Atelier M Opens in Dubai

Atelier M, an exciting new dining concept located within a stunning Art Dec interior, has officially opened its doors in Dubai Marina. The venue, which includes a bar and dining area with the capacity to seat up to 140 people, offers guests exquisite French contemporary cuisine with an Asian twist.

Dubai International Boat Show to Showcase 30 Luxury Boats

The 22nd edition of the Dubai International Boat Show has announced that it will exhibit 30 luxury boats all of which exceed 21 meters in size, including 19 super yachts. The show will also display the largest boat in the history of the show. The show will also feature 840 exhibiting companies and brands – 12 percent increase over 2013, which reflects the UAE’s rising importance in the international luxury maritime market.

Green Luxury at the Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab has proved that luxury can be green. After a comprehensive sustainability audit, the hotel has now added the Green Globe Certification (GGC) to its long list of accolades. The Burj Al Arab scored high throughout all areas of the audit. It particularly excelled in water usage reduction, gray water recycling, as well as in managing its energy output and carbon footprint.

Hassan Hajjaj’s ‘Kesh Angels’ Shows at Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York

Currently on view at Taymour Grahne’s New York space is Kesh Angels, a solo exhibition by Moroccan-born, UK-based artist, Hassan Hajjaj. The exhibition marks the artist’s first in New York and presents an innovative take on the vibrant street culture of Morocco – a constant theme running throughout Hajjaj’s oeuvre. On display are a series of photographs, limited edition objects, an installation and a video.

New York February / March 2014
New York February / March 2014